Pokemon Scarlet And Violet: How To Terastallize

Learn about the terastallization technique, its effects & dominate your pokemon battles in Scarlet & Violet.

Terastallization is the new and unique phenomenon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet that differentiates it from previous Pokemon titles. Terastallization not only boosts up the power of the pokemon but also changes its clothes or appearance by adding a crystal crown to its head. In our how to terastallize Pokemon guide, we will cover not only the method of terastallization but also the requirements and the effects of the phenomenon. 

Key Highlights:

  • Terastallization is the new signature phenomenon of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
  • You can terastallize only during a pokemon battle, and you will need a tera orb.
  • Terastallization greatly affects the outcome of the battle, so players are advised to strategize.

Terastallization can change the whole tide of the battle, so it is important to know about the phenomenon. That’s why read till the end and know all there is about terastallization in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Method Of Terastallization

Different types of terastallizations
Different Terastallizations [image captured by eXputer]
Terastallization in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can only be performed during a Pokémon battle. Whether it’s a battle with a gym trainer or a wild Pokémon, you’ll have the option to Terastallize.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Start a Pokémon battle.
  2. Select the “Battle” option.
  3. Look for the “Terastallize” option on the screen. It’s a large icon and should be hard to miss.
  4. Press the button assigned for Terastallization. By default, it is the R button on the Nintendo Switch.

Once you press the Terastallization button, the hexagonal star-shaped symbol representing Terastallization will change to your Pokémon’s tera type. You can then choose a move for your Pokémon, and the chosen move’s damage will double. After selecting the move, there will be a short Terastallization animation before the move is executed.

The effects of Terastallization will persist until the Pokémon is defeated or the battle concludes. Even if you switch out the Terastallized Pokémon and send it back into battle, the Terastallization effect will remain. The specific effects of Terastallization can vary and may depend on the Pokémon’s Tera type and other factors.

Tera Orb

Tera Orb
Tera Orb given by Nemona [image credit: eXputer]
To terastallize Pokemon, you will need a special item called Tera Orb. This item is given by Nemona, in quite the early stages of the game. For those who don’t know, Nemona is your rival in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Only a select few trainers carry the Tera Orb in Pladea region, which means you will encounter trainers with terastallization ability rarely.

All 8 Gym leaders will have the Tera Orb and terastallize their final and main Pokemon, so strategize accordingly.

How To Acquire

  • You receive the Tera Orb from Nemona, your rival in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
  • The encounter with Nemona and the introduction to Terastallization happen early in the game.
  • Upon reaching the Naranja Academy, you’ll have a battle with Nemona where she showcases Terastallization.
  • After winning the battle, Nemona rewards you with 3 revives and promises to teach you how to Terastallize your Pokémon.
  • As you progress through the academy and defeat a Team Star trainer, Nemona will appear and hand you the Tera Orb.


  • The Tera Orb is required to Terastallize your Pokémon during battles.
  • Each use of Terastallization consumes energy stored in the Tera Orb.
  • You can Terastallize a Pokémon once per battle, provided the Tera Orb has enough energy.
  • After using up the Tera Orb’s energy, you will need to recharge it to use Terastallization again.
  • To recharge the Tera Orb, interact with shiny crystals overflowing with Terastal energy found in the game or visit a Pokémon Center.
  • Recharging the Tera Orb is free of charge, similar to healing your Pokémon at a Pokémon Center.

Effects Of Terastallization

Eerastallization has several effects on a Pokémon’s type and attributes:

Type Change:

  • When a Pokémon undergoes Terastallization, its type is changed to the Tera Type.
  • Most Pokémon will have the same Tera Type as their normal type.
  • Some Pokémon have special Tera Types, and they can be identified by a shiny light around them in the wild.

Offensive Effects:

  • Terastallized Pokémon keep their Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB) for their original types.
  • They also gain STAB for the Tera Type, which means moves of the Tera Type deal double damage.
  • This allows Pokémon to have a wider range of STAB moves.

Defensive Effects:

  • Terastallized Pokémon lose their original type’s weaknesses and strengths.
  • They gain weaknesses and strengths based on the single Tera Type they have Terastallized into.
  • For example, a Pikachu with a Ghost Tera Type would be weak to Dark-type moves and strong against Ghost and Psychic types.
  • Terastallized Pokémon also gain immunity to Normal and Fighting-type moves if their Tera Type is Ghost, as Ghost types are immune to these move types.

It’s important to note that these effects are only active during Terastallization, and the Pokémon will return to its original type after the Terastallization ends.

Tera Blast

Tera Blast is a special move associated with Terastallization. Here are some key details about Tera Blast:

  • Tera Blast is a special move that deals maximum damage when the Pokémon has undergone Terastallization.
  • When a Pokémon is Terastallized, Tera Blast changes its type to match the Pokémon’s Tera Type, making it a Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB) move.
  • Under normal conditions (when not Terastallized), Tera Blast deals 80 normal damage.
  • This move can be learned through TM 171, which you can obtain as a reward after defeating the fifth gym leader, regardless of the order in which you challenge the gyms.

Wrap Up

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduce a new phenomenon called “terastallization” in the 9th Generation, similar to Z moves, Dynamax, and Gigantamax. Terastallization gives Pokemon a crystal-like crown and changes their type.

All Pokemon in the Pladea region can terastallize. Some wild terastallizable Pokemon roam the wild area for capture, and tera raid battles feature terastallized Pokemon. With 18 types, numerous Pokemon and tera type combinations are possible.

After reading this guide, your doubts about terastallization in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet should be clear. For money farming methods, check out our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Money Farming Guide. You can also acquire all three starters in the games. That concludes our guide; feel free to share suggestions in the comments.

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